Valuable fragments of Iron Age ivory found in Jerusalem

(ORDO NEWS) — This happened for the first time in the Holy City. A group of Israeli archaeologists have unearthed about 1,500 ivory pieces inlaid with decorative plates dating back to the 8th and 7th centuries BC.

About 1,500 ivory fragments, previously inlaid into decorative plates and dating from the Iron Age, were unearthed on Monday, September 5 by Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem, marking the first historical find of this type in the Holy City, Le Figaro reports.

“Such objects are usually found in royal palaces, which indicates the great wealth and prosperity of the place,” said archaeologist Reli Avisar.

This discovery is of historical importance, since in the 8th century ivory was one of the most valuable goods, more expensive than gold.


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